Local white rice supply sufficient in Selangor, says MB

Selangor Menteri Besar Amirudin Shari says the supply local white rice will stabilise from next month as harvesting in the state begins. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, September 21, 2023

THE stock of local white rice in Selangor is sufficient based on the state’s monthly requirement, which is 45,500 tonnes a month.

Menteri Besar Amirudin Shari said at the same time, its supply will also start to stabilise from next month as harvesting in Selangor begins.

“Yesterday, the state executive council has called the Selangor Padi and Rice Regulatory Division on rice supply and it reported having sufficient rice and the people need not make panic purchases,” he said at a press conference after officiating at the Ehsan Rahmah Sales Appreciation and launch of the Selangor Agricultural Development Corporation’s (PKPS) new logo in Shah Alam today.

He said the rice output capacity in Selangor is more than 138,000 tonnes annually from over 18,000ha of padi cultivation land by more than 6,800 farmers.

“This is equivalent to an output of 4.19 tonnes per hectare,” he said.

Amirudin also said from today, residents in the state can buy a bag of 5kg local rice for RM13 at seven locations – the Wisma PKPS outlet, Section 14, and the Ehsan PKPS outlet, Section 9, in Shah Alam; Ehsan PKPS outlet, Meru; Ehsan Kiosk, Selangor Fruit Valley, Bestari Jaya and three Ehsan PKPS mobile sales trucks making their rounds in Selangor.

“Selangor residents can contact the Selangor Padi and Rice Regulatory Division at 03-3289 8419 or 017-223 0771 via WhatsApp, and we will take action within 24 hours to overcome the complaint on local white rice supply,” he said. – Bernama, September 21, 2023.

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